Rex Sherry

Austin, Texas

Recorded with Sonobeat circa 1971
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records
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Country and blues singer and guitarist Rex Sherry records with Sonobeat sometime from late-1970 to late-1971. We find no session notes in the Sonobeat archives to pin down the exact date of Rex's sessions. Sonobeat co-founder Rim Kelley (Bill Josey Jr.) leaves Sonobeat at the end of summer 1970 and doesn't recall engineering Rex's sessions, so they must have occured after September 1970 and more likely in 1971. That leaves Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. to produce and engineer Rex's sessions. We believe that not long after his "solo" sessions, Rex joins a band called Rocking Horse that contributes to Bill's 1973 Sonobeat sessions with Gary York and Evelyn.

Rex has a vocal delivery similar to Johnny Cash's. He records four songs at Sonobeat, but the titles of the songs and composers are not documented in the Sonobeat archives. Rex's tracks are recorded with only a standard guitar and electric bass.

Although born in Gonzales, Texas, Rex grows up in Junction, about 140 miles west of Austin. At the time of his Sonobeat sessions, Rex works for the Texas Department of Health in Austin. He begins recording at other studios in Central Texas as early as 1967, and in the '80s forms country band The Thoroughbreds. And Rex has another hobby besides music: cooking. He presents his secret recipe – which he calls "Toddy for the Body" – for a unique take on a traditional south-of-the-border stew called menudo; he enters his concoction in the menudo cook-off at the 1975 San Marcos Cinco de Mayo festival. After retiring from the Texas Department of Health in 1993, Rex opens a private investigation firm in Austin, which he operates until his death on August 24, 2011.

Rex Sherry personnel

Rex Sherry: standard guitar and vocals
Unidentified musician: bass

Unreleased Sonobeat recordings

Four unidentified songs, although one may be The Apple Tree

Produced and engineered by Bill Josey Sr.
Recorded at Sonobeat's Western Hills Drive studio, Austin, Texas, circa late-1970 to late-1971
Recording equipment: Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Scully 280 half-inch 4-track tape deck, Ampex AG350 and 354 tape decks, custom 16-channel 4-bus mixing console, Fairchild Lumiten 663ST optical compressor, Blonder-Tongue Audio Baton 9-band stereo graphic equalizer, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Ampex 681 tape stock

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Sonobeat's tape master of its sessions with Austin singer Rex Sherry; note the odd combination of running times for the four "cuts" on the tape, perhaps indicating two potential 45 RPM single releases that never occur